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Oma's German Potato Salad

The most delicious potato salads are the ones that are made with love, and my oma definitely infused her brand of love in this potato salad recipe! It's really easy, and is a traditional German potato salad recipe, but Oma makes it best!

Cooking Time30 min

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and chop.
     
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving bacon fat.
     
  3. Add the flour, sugar, water and vinegar to skillet and cook in reserved bacon fat over medium heat until dressing is thick.
     
  4. Add bacon, potatoes and onions to skillet and stir until coated.
     
  5. Cook until heated and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

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When I first read this recipe and saw "serve warm" I thought ...what? But I have to tell you this recipe is truly a delicious side dish to "amp up" whatever you're serving for dinner tonight. It pares well with hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, and any other quick meal you have in mind. Don't let this recipe get away from you, give it a try, you'll be glad you did.

When I read the list of ingredients my first thought was 'no mayo or any other dressing, wonder how that works......' It's really cool that this recipe includes a way to make the dressing for the potato salad. Plus, it has chopped onions which is one of my favorite things to use when making potato salad.

Oh this recipe takes me back to when I was an exchange student in Germany. The best time of my young life. I remember being distinctly disappointed on Christmas day to be served pickled herrings and 'kartoffelsalat'. I so missed my turkey and gravy. I also remember being distinctly unimpressed with the concept of warm potato salad. I was so young and naive back then. I am undeniably going to make this salad for a trip down memory lane. I agree every region has their own version but I think the basic concept is the same. I never knew how my host family made it as I never thought to ask. I wonder what they are doing now, twenty years later.....

This recipe sounds like it comes right out of southern Germany. Although I grew up with the mayo-based German potato salad that's popular in northern Germany, I've come to enjoy this version with the vinegar and bacon. some like to add a broth to the salad to make it just a bit moister. This is so wonderful served warm along side some bratwurst. Lecker!!!

I lived in Germany for 7 yrs while in the Army. I lived in different regions and this is close but not a true version...everyplace has their own version by taste. Mine was apple cider vinegar, minces onion, and a very small amount of oil. Tiny red potatoes were always used, cooked with the skins on and peeled while hot. The whole salad was prepared hot and then served

when we were in germany we loved the potatoe salad, but I can not find the kind of vineger that I used, it was german dark in color and mixed with oil,I used regular potatoes and bacon broke up. Very simple to make a german lady gave me the recipe but I lost it and can not remember how much oil and vineger to mix. Can you help me with this?

This is incredible recepie that never gets old. In Albania we used to make it with tiny patatos ,boilied with skin on. After boiling we used to add red vinegar and sometimes boilied beans and all the rest .Sometimes try to mix it with fresh spring onions and boiled eggs ,really good. SHould be really healthy since no mayoneze is added, dont you think?

Our Oma makes a "lighter" version. No flour or sugar. She uses chicken broth and vegetable oil and doesn't cook the dressing. Great for summer served at room temperature.

We make the "lighter" version also. Sometimes we add cooked bacon and hard boiled eggs, green onions and parsley. Oma made it best!

My husband was station in Germany for 2 yrs and I was with him,I love going to guess and having snesal (probably spelled wrong) it was 52 yrs ago.They had the best potato salad. I bought the vinegar that they used but have not been able to find it here it was a strong vinegar and salty.I have tried our vinegar and it is not the same, it was in a short green bottle by some chance did your Oma tell you the name of it.

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